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free. video for your media project free radio dot com. it's the. first song called the truth the first video of whistleblower edward snowden emerges since his leaks about the n.s.a. force the former intelligence analyst on the run from washington's prosecution. the world against so-called frankenfood scientists in hundreds of cities across the globe take to the streets in protest at the g.m. giant monsanto. losses u.s. politicians bickering over the budget the government shutdown continues we speak with a cancer patient who is among hundreds being denied treatment because of the deadlock in washington. the matter of life or death it's not a matter of inconvenience or just an irritation for us we need this treatment.
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from our studio center here in moscow where it's just turn midnight this is. the first videos of surfaced of washington's most wanted man edward snowden who was no spotted in august walking out of moscow's sheremetyevo airport after being granted asylum in russia the images come days after the former n.s.a. contractor was presented with an award for integrity in intelligence given to him by a group of former u.s. officials. has the details. the n.s.a. whistleblower was very passionate in talking about the problem of government surveillance in the united states now he said the issue wasn't with any specific spying program rather the relationship between the states and the american people a relationship which he described as increasingly coming into conflict with democratic values snowden also lashed out at the prosecution of whistleblowers
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accusing the government of what he called effectively misplaced priorities but this latest warning you know the relationship to go where we. exactly are just on the last. minute. live to the bombs. but they will stop the. person. holding the snowden made these remarks at a ceremony right here in moscow at an undisclosed location where he was given the sam adams award for integrity in intelligence now that award was presented to him by a group of prominent american whistleblowers and former government officials they joined our t.v. for an in-depth studio discussion on thursday this is of course the first time that the warden a world has been able to catch a glimpse of mr snowden since he got asylum here in russia the last time we saw him was at the sheremetyevo airport transit zone back in july and while snowden himself may be safe and sound there have been questions about the fate of those who have
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worked with them and of course that is a worry that's been expressed by wiki leaks founder julian assange on a more concern in terms of prison people at risk. journalists sarah harrison as we know our guardian newspaper was rated grills part of the time for nine hours and for more investigation reform terrorism investigation has started up so there you have it julian aslan is describing a difficult political climate for whistleblowers and those who helped them it's not a man himself meanwhile we are told at least has no regrets about what he did and believes that it was the right decision. ati's lucy coming off that one has been in the full week for edward snowden between being reunited with his father and receiving the sam adams award you can log onto our website r.t. dot com to stay updated on the latest developments in the life of the whistleblower activists from across the globe are being taken to the streets in
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a worldwide rally against genetically modified food giant monsanto the protesters claim the g.m. crops it produces could be harmful to humans hundreds of cities across more than sixty countries have been taking part in the march. is in berlin. all around the world not just here in germany coming out to say no to genetically modified foods people saying that they don't know the dangers that it could pose that they. stay on right for human consumption to find out why people are demonstrating against g.m. foods i'm joined by a few guests right now first of all heidi austin who's the founder of the true food foundation heidi thanks very much. you said that they were pulling out of europe apparently that's not the case though is it well peter it does appear that they're pulling out but they're just regrouping in north america and i think they're going to sneak through the back door using the new european north america trade agreement
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there is going to be a low level presence that's introduced in the past maybe one percent g.m.o. would be acceptable to your government to import our canadian crops or north american products it'll be razor two percent and three percent and four percent as more and more crops become contam. very hard to contain so europe will be receiving these products and what's more frightening and most germans don't know is that there is a smart stock score in that monsanto has made him and this is the most evolved technology ever and is not tested whatsoever it is a cord that resists a six different types of herbicide so you can spray it with six different chemicals and it won't die and it also produces two insecticides in its own kernels that you can wash that off so i don't even know if technically does food in my mind as a nutritionist that's no longer food just what those chemicals that doing to us is still something that we don't really know and i'm joined by another guest now to talk a little bit more joined by dr dietz. thank that's correct. what
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could be the potential hazards of g.m. foods a genetically modified its foods have been on the market for about fifteen years now and only last year we've seen the first long term animal study from france and i have the pictures here all of the scientific bring the camera down here a little bit what is it showing is that we're showing the rats that were fed these are the corn that is genetically modified for their lifetime all animal studies on till then have been for ninety days only and usually not much shows in those ninety days even though there are subtle signs of organ damage even in ninety days spotty in two years. the life time a life time over a rat is shortened they have massive organ damage. to immerse in the female rats and the human see effects will only not show for another twenty years because we really have a much longer life span than a rat so if we are waiting for a cancer to show as a result of fear most we've got to wait thank you very much
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a huge issue and what we're seeing here in berlin as well as around the world is people coming out and saying no to genetically modified foods but while activists are protesting against the use of potentially harmful chemicals in food production monsanto has been saying its products are the only way to feed the world's growing population auntie's made important takes a closer look. in the land of supersize approximately eighty five percent of all processed foods contain genetically modified organisms g.m.o. is an acronym that owns its notoriety largely to the agriculture giant monsanto a multinational billion dollar corporation generating global criticism revolving around the safety of its products and growing a monopoly over the world's food supply they are able to patent the genetically modified foods with a very strong patent for farmers can only base the seeds from monsanto each year and they can save the sea researchers have documented dozens of health risks
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associated with the consumption of a modified foods and the majority of americans have campaigned for g.m.o. foods to be labeled just like these organic fruits are labeled but so far the will of the people has been silenced by the money of monsanto according to open secrets dot org the companies spent nearly six million dollars last year lobbying federal lawmakers and food regulators to payoff came this year with the passing of the so-called monsanto protection act a bill that gives the biotech companies immunity from lawsuits pertaining to the production and sale of genetically modified seeds the new reality of the world is that chemical companies are feeding us and our families to now sort of laugh or eat the table rather than farm to table and in an effort to widen its power and profit the agriculture giant has recently purchased a corporation which sells climate data to farmers the price tag of nine hundred
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thirty million dollars of wasn't a problem for monsanto which grossed a reported thirteen point five billion dollars in revenue last year but decades before g.m.o. and fears about modified foods came along monsanto was already in the business it helped bring pesticides agent orange and terminator seeds to the market agent orange was used by the u. . military during the vietnam war where it's estimated to have killed hundreds of thousands of people it's a facts are still being felt today vietnam says some half a million children have suffered birth defects due to herbicide monsanto's current practices have ignited protests around the globe. millions are taking to the streets demanding that big food comes clean by either labeling genetically engineered products or not selling them at all. new york.
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from the center for food safety in the u.s. claims john corporations like monsanto pressured governments worldwide to get their products on the market. these marches are raising awareness about the issue and bringing awareness not only about monsanto and its influence in agriculture but also other chemical companies that have become major agribusiness influences on capitol hill i think you we see an overwhelming influence in governments and and that really has to do with money that these are major chemical companies the top i mean fifty three percent over fifty three percent of seeds are owned by just a handful of these major agribusiness chemical companies so they exert tremendous influence in politics and have millions upon millions of dollars to spend to ensure that their products yet spread through reviews and also to ensure that consumers are not informed about what the products they are eating so for instance not
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labeling genetically engineered foods. and we've got live updates on the global action against monsanto online at all to dot com where there's also more opinion and analysis that. quality of life here must go coming up it may have been home c.n.n. pics but that's not make the a nice place to call home london has been named the worst place in britain for rocketing house prices. and maybe. more and that's just a few minutes. millions around the globe struggle with hunger. what if someone offers a lifetime food supply no charge. they can the very strong push against g.m.o. and we think that's. the. right products are. there is no. evidence any problem with genetic engineering
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would you make a deal. more. is. the . golden rice. news continues here in r.t. the us administration is in deadlock with congress over raising the debt ceiling with just five days left to strike a deal and avoid
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a catastrophic default the republicans won't be boring limit extended by six weeks but president obama is calling for a long term solution and here's what the white house had to say earlier we cannot have a situation where we use extended as part of a budget negotiation process for only six weeks which would put us right back in the same position that we are in now meanwhile the government and key institutions remain in shutdown which has put hundreds of thousands of workers on paid leave the crisis response to republican lawmakers refused to sanction the affordable health care program known as obamacare the shutdown has no cut off a vital lifeline for many cancer patients with being denied treatment one of them michelle london summed up her grievances. lives are at stake two hundred people are trying to get into trials at an age each week and each week passes that's another two hundred that are turned away at this time and it's a matter of life or death it's not
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a matter of inconvenience or just an air taishan for us we need this treatment. michelle was diagnosed with zakouma it's a rare form of cancer and after nine months of chemotherapy she applied for additional treatment at the national institutes of health but she and hundreds of others were turned away when the government shutdown took effect we also should like to say to those politicians in washington whose bickering set off the deadlock . i have heard a couple of instances where they find that this is just the game between them and that it's a matter of winning and i'd like to say that it's not a matter of when or lou i mean it's a please listen to the people and know that it's affecting so many that are in need of help america in the negotiations on afghan security has left us secretary of state john kerry with little to celebrate he says only a partial deal was reached on just how many american troops will stay in the country after the nato pullout next year washington wants to take the lead in
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running counterterrorism missions off the twenty fourteen as well as to keep leasing bases around the country lawrence freeman of the executive intelligence review i spoke to a little he says given its checkered history with the states kabul is likely to move closer to its asian neighbors. president karzai is going to be leaving walker so he will not be the president in two thousand and fourteen he wants a agreement from the united states that they will defend afghanistan from an attack from about kate from pakistan after we have been in afghanistan been a farce and left the country in no better shape there's no policy for the future of afghanistan right now the country actually increased the growth of its poppy opium production during the period of the occupation by the west and therefore you have a more drug infested economy than you had with before the invasion started so
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there's been no positive development in the future as i'm saying with lyingly leadership in ghana aligning itself with china is so corridor of economic development and control of our economy but. it's not just this would be different approach a different geometry to the current policy teams that have dominated afghanistan for the last dozen years right now and may boast tower bridge buckingham palace and some paul's cathedral but they'll be a little boasting about london's newest title as britain's worst town at least that's according to a tongue in cheek book identifying the u.k.'s fifty least desirable locations on his door smith asked the man behind the water why the capital fared so badly. it's interesting the dreary didn't the day here in london typical i'll tell you the weather which made the public say to me to tell you that london has been facing the
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worst area in the u.k. to live in despite the fact that within a mile radius from here it houses the parliament westminster abbey the london eye and other really famous landmarks it's a book called crack hounds returns which names the fifty worst places to be in the u.k. as it took six months now i didn't really understand this is a city of london being the what place but luckily i'm doing since here to explain that to me with an umbrella and his gopi across town to tell them that i mean i can think of ten worst places just off the top of my head what your criteria are all kinds of criteria i think one of things that people write in about a lot it's the daily grind it's so hard in london getting all that the northern lights have your all but i mean you'll no use jammed into someone else's all hours of the time expense the fact that it costs so much to to buy property or is in fact impossible for most people to buy property in the center of london is be hollowed
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out and you billionaires can afford to stay there not even professionals like doctors can and there's also a lot of anger with london coming from the rest of the country you had the banking crisis which is all centered around london and we're told that subsequently the recession is over and there's growth but only london really seems to be getting the benefits and is sticking up another housing bubble it's primarily it's a book that people read in the toilet it's made to make them laugh but it does it doesn't seem to provoke to mind. people thinking about the times and the way we treat them and the way we live and hopefully start a conversation quite serious conversation it's certainly easy to say on a day like today why london might not be everyone's idea of paradise because because it's the capital fix it get inside and out is it is from the outside they think crazy expensive to visit the. trying to make them very reliable and people are very very it might just be possible for london to pick up its behavior in the
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next ten years and become you know why it's so awful. smith reporting from the city quite literally but it's not all gloomy news online where we've got some stunning video the moment including this. close loads the good news luckily the driver of the truck managed to get out just minutes before a train smashed into it and drag it along the tracks take out the full video and find out exactly what happened. channel. six hundred million users worldwide could have been snooped body n.s.a. and one european country that's not willing to put up with it wants to challenge the internet giant. first strike. and i think picture.
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on a reporter's. instrument. the . torch is on its journey to. one hundred twenty three days. through two hundred towns and cities of russia. really fourteen thousand people or sixty five thousand kilometers. in a record setting trip. others face. a limp torch relay. m r t r c dot com. for international news in brief now in our world updates a massive cyclon is hit eastern india battering its coastline with heavy rains and
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winds and forcing hundreds of thousands of locals to move inland in search of shelter among the hardest hit is the resisting it where entire villages have been swamped by high waves the indian ocean is considered the hot spot for such cyclons with one of the deadliest killing ten thousand people in nine hundred ninety nine. moving on with some dramatic pictures of sea rescue operations in the mediterranean thirty four people have so far been confirmed dead after a boat carrying african migrants sank off the coast of sicily on friday however as you can see the majority of the two hundred and so on board were rescued and transferred to land by italian and maltese ships in a similar tragedy last week more than three hundred fifty people mostly from eritrea and somalia drowned near the italian island of lampedusa. and five million are while the figures are two mortar shells hit syria's capital damascus killing an eight year old girl and would be eleven others one of the shells fell in the school while the other damage several cars in nearby shops the explosions also occurred
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just three hundred meters away from the hotel where chemical weapons inspectors are staying hoping to dismantle about a thousand tons of toxins by twenty four teams. or meanwhile with international strikes against syria now on hold another battle is raging the one in the media talk of the country's humanitarian crisis has always been one of the main arguments for western states to intervene militarily. went to see for herself what life is really like in damascus at the moment. now that we have been able to make progress on the chemical weapons issue we should not forget we also needed to make progress on the humanitarian issue a warning echoing through many corridors of power in the west this is on track to be. the biggest humanitarian catastrophe of the twenty first century and this is building into one of the great humanitarian crisis on the face of the planet you know this is not true we hardly know we're all liars we don't care what they say
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here as you can see we have no trouble in this bakery in downtown damascus tens of thousands of traditional with loads of churned out each day the machines work sixteen hours a day six days a week shorter we have extra quantities enough for another fifteen days. while in this public market and the thousands like it across syria shoppers and management tell us in two years they've never been any shortages in this be a warning rice and sugar there are always available and never have a shortage of them in our warehouses aromas. isom adani recently arrived in the country and was shocked to find that local stores of food i thought that there would be nothing nothing at all everywhere in the supermarkets and nothing to eat and nothing i was really very agreeably surprised there is a lot of everything fruits. vegetables.
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ok the reality is that most people here are going about their daily routine far removed from the hardships depicted in the foreign press but when it comes to shortages there is one that is crippling the economy queues like this are commonplace for gas stations around the country caused by sanctions imposed by the united states and the european union ironically the very countries that are calling for humanitarian intervention. the syrian people need a solution not the governments or the media who are trying to use everything we have even the small things like bread to justify their own objectives the fight for syria is far from over and the psychological war the battle of perceptions over reality is likely to be fought for as long if not longer than the sides have taken up arms against each other. r t damascus since nine eleven america has done a lot to boost surveillance and increase security however policies don't
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necessarily make people feel safe and risk fueling paranoia of terrorists lurking around every corner what is every model looks at that issue and breaking the said in his brief preview. and recent flight from d.c. to orlando hosted what can only be described as a terrorist dry run take a look at how they figured it out. crewmembers say that shortly after takeoff a group of four quote middle eastern men caused a commotion the witnesses claim one of the men ran from his seat in coach toward the flight deck door he made a hard left and entered the forward bathroom called for a considerable length of time you know the reason stories like this even gain traction in the first place is because of the fear of the other or by that i mean anyone who remotely looks brown and to prove my point it just so happens i have acquired some rare footage of what really went down on that flight.
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yeah i think you get the idea. and you can catch the full show one hour from now here on t.v. but first it was the outrage it didn't necessarily modified food john monsanto pics that we investigate if so-called frankenfood can really save the world from hunger crisis i'll be back with more news with the team in just over half an hour from now that special report is coming away after the break.
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i recently read headlights all over the russian internet screaming in full paranoia mode that china has just bought five percent of ukraine. now they're writing that china will lease five percent of ukraine however ukrainian officials themselves claim that china won't be getting either and that this is a deal about some drip irrigation system this iteration didn't explode on to the internet to the fantasies of bloggers the south china morning post reported that one company does have a crop and pig farming plan design utilize nine percent of ukraine's territory also last year the ban on foreigners buying land ukraine ed coincidently been lifted although i am the distrustful pro sovereignty type getting a rich foreign country to pay to develop your nation's agriculture might not be too bad of a deal it would definitely take a lot of money to restore ukraine's farming to its former glory they see that ukraine used to be the bread basket of europe that status back could really help the country but selling off or even just leasing nine percent of the nation's territory is absolutely unacceptable doing
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a large project with the chinese that is mutually beneficial is one thing but selling or leasing off your country is another and by another i mean treason but that's just my opinion. modified plant is at the center of a controversy a controversy about how we deal with one of the most powerful technologies mankind has ever created. a technology that is polarizing society. the protectionists include a now retired professor at each who believes his golden rice will see children throughout the entire world. a swiss agricultural chemical corporation that first wanted to commercialize the miracle rice and changed its mind. and a country where tests are being carried out that would be prohibited in other
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places. researchers who manipulate crops are demanding more freedom the freedom to conduct their research free of political constraints they feel the moratorium that has been imposed on genetic technology for years unfairly hinders them in their efforts but public distrust of genetic manipulation has been immense for many years. to. artificially modifying the genetic structure of plants and animals scares people also because researchers are hesitant to reveal their secrets and explain exactly what it is they are.